Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Roman Empire had a certain "je ne sais quoi" - festive food culture, extravagant architecture, and spectacular live entertainment. Some might argue the Emperors were brutal, mad, and hungry for power, and the people vain when taking baths and working out all day. Listen - that's still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient - keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant, and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale.

Added by BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012

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#651
Reviews:
674
Ratings:
4,418
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
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Photo of RollTide7
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gefinley
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BurtStL6
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours beautifully dark and thin with a nice tan head that doesn’t stay for long, into my brand new Beers With(out) Beards NYC 2018 teku glass.

It’s very drinkable and has a great coffee taste and a subtle yet nice almond vanilla taste.

Beautiful can and a beautiful beer that doesn’t exactly taste like an 11.5% but it will certainly sneak up on you quicker than you think.

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Photo of Nograinleftbehind
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jmtbuckeye
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jduprey007
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FLima
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a thick thin dark caramel head with medium retention.
Aroma with notes of lots of nuts, vanilla, coffee and cocoa.
Flavor with notes of vanilla, ton of nuts, cocoa, coffee, pepper, earthy and spicy hops, oak, caramel, cinnamon
Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering roasted nutty and vanilla note.
Medium to full creamy body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 11.5% is well disguised.
One of the nuttiest RIS I have ever drunk. Vanilla also strikes strongly, so that traditional coffee and cocoa notes stay in the backyard. Interesting, not really inviting for more revisiting.

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Photo of PDinunzi
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaten454
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kwright
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Scott_McCool
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very good. A bit of a burnt coffee taste.

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Photo of Bloodsnot77
3.54/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnnyLarue
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Khaack
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Badger2121
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of coffee upfront. Taste is funky on the backend. Not my favorite.

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Photo of Taterturnt
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark and a bit syrupy compared to standard beers. Smell is similar to most imperial coffee stouts, but the sweet almond and vanilla makes it stand out. Taste is exquisite, sweet, up front coffee, hints of almond, touch of vanilla, and maybe just a very fine touch of nutmeg? But still no mistaking the taste of a stout. Feel is almost a little too sticky, but no complaints given the other factors. Overall, absolutely fantastic, just be careful with that 11.5% ABV, drank this 16oz can after a 12oz Coppertail Nightswim porter and the ol head is a bit fuzzy

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Photo of matcris
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Black, looks quite viscous, with a finger of tan head that slowly recedes to a thin layer. Lacing oozes down the glass like lava.
AROMA: Coffee, big biscotti, dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, a spicy note like cinnamon, vanilla, and almonds. Definitely smells like a nice biscotti and a cup of Joe.
TASTE: I'm getting all the notes from the aroma. Alcohol is very well hidden. Really getting that spicy note as I continue to drink.
FEEL: Medium full bodied and creamy, average carbonation, drying on the very finish, a little sticky up front.
OVERALL: Superb sipper.

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Photo of R_Kole
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is pitch black with a small brown head. The aroma is coffee and roasted malt. The tasted follows the nose with a sweet caramel addition.

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Photo of KatieKade720
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330mL bottle produced and bottled by Poppels Bryggeri, Sweden.
Pours black with tan head that dissipated pretty quickly.
Smells of roasted malt, coffee, a bit nutty.
Taste follows with roasted flavors, malts and coffee. Nutty notes and a somewhat artificial vanilla taste.
Medium bodied.
Overall a decent beer, I'll have to try the stateside version to compare.

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Photo of Plubard
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Curt3
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WB94
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass out of a 16 oz. can.

Look- Silky, oily, deep black with a very quickly dissipating, but great looking head.

Smell- The nose on this one surprised me, not a whole lot going on considering what I expected, that being said, it's certainly not bad, just a little light. I certainly get that full, doughy, bready aroma, coupled with a distinct booziness, almost fruity... similar to a brandy or cognac. Full of almonds.

Taste- This is where the beer really comes into its own for me, the alcohol comes through in a big way, but not off-putting. There's a distinct astringency, similar to the nose, but it couples and melds with the bold, roasted and coffee notes beautifully. Enjoying this beer with a few small pieces of dark chocolate brings to the forefront the vanilla and sweetness already present in the beer.

Feel- This is a distinct one, almost on the border between a liquor and a beer, the mouthfeel is thin, but not unrewarding. At the sip, it's thin and smooth, but the finish lingers long. On one hand, oily like a stout, on the other, dry like a scotch. Extremely rewarding, particularly if you are willing to allow the beer to warm a bit as you drink it. I started out at 50 degrees and finished at around 62, the mouthfeel continued to get better and better as I went.

Overall- This is an excellent beer, to me it seems to lie somewhere between a Barrel Aged Imperial and a standard Imperial Stout, the booziness coupled with the bold, dark flavors creates a wonderful drinking experience, especially if you sip it slowly and allow the beer to develop in your glass.

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Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 4,418 ratings